There are times we may feel like there is no one we can turn to when we need words of encouragement.
The hustle and bustle of everyday life can make us forget our moral responsibilities to each other, be it our family or the general community.
However, when we are in the middle of a personal crisis, words as simple as, “Don’t lose hope, I believe in you,” can make all the difference.
Encouragement can do wonders for your outlook on life. It helps us push through the bad times, and we should never underestimate the power of positive words.
So let's review some Bible verses that can encourage you or someone you love in times of difficulty.
First off, let’s go over the definition of encouragement.
The official definition of the word encouragement is: “The action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.”
The Greek word for encourage is parakaleo, which has a similar definition.
According to the Bible, in the New Testament, this word describes not only comforting someone but also urging and strengthening that person. It also means, “To call to one's side.”
But why is it so important to God that we encourage one another?
Moreover, who does God want us to encourage? What are our best efforts to show God's love to our family and loved ones?
In Proverbs 12:25, the Bible says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”
This is important to the Lord because if there is someone who can empower us with encouragement and a positive mindset, then that person gives us a sense of hope.
And He is the God of Hope.
If you're feeling tired and stuck in the dark, these words can encourage you to take one step at a time until you see the light.
Remember, In Hebrews 3:13, the Bible says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Knowing that someone believes in us is like finding light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.
It’s difficult to face challenges, but encouragement brings us back to life.
As Christ’s ambassadors, we represent Him in everything we do, even the things that don’t benefit us. We cannot encourage someone without caring for them because encouragement is a result of compassion.
Biblically speaking, encouragement and compassion go together.
In both Hebrew and Greek, the word “compassion” is “a gut feeling for the needs of others, a sense of duty,” whereas encouragement is the muscle that responds to that compassion.
Compassion is the diagnosis. Encouragement is the medicine.
Encouragement was always meant to follow compassion regarding the word of God.
Even just hours before He died, Jesus was encouraging His disciples. He also encouraged Peter to walk on water with Him.
If it weren’t for Jesus’ encouraging words to Peter in Matthew 14:22-33, he never would have found the courage to step from the boat and into the water.
Let’s take a look at five inspirational Bible verses that can you can use to encourage yourself or others during challenging times:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).
A straightforward encouraging verse like this one can be enough to lift someone's spirits. It’s comforting to know that whatever hard times we’re going through, nothing can separate us from the love of our God.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
People who are terminally ill or in poor health are always in need of uplifting words of encouragement.
It can seem hopeless at times, especially for those who love the person who’s sick. But keep in mind that the Lord God will never leave or forsake you, no matter what state of health you're in.
For all of us have eternal life through Christ.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Sometimes all it takes is a simple verse like this to make us feel better. As the power of the Holy Spirit strengthens us when we're weak, He is the source of our strength. These are God's promises.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18).
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the bad that's happening around us. However, we can find comfort if we listen to the words of this passage, looking not at the things that are seen but at the things that are unseen.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (John 4:18).
It’s easy to see that children need encouragement just as adults do. As a small child navigating the world, there are many things to be afraid of, but this verse can comfort them.
Perfect love drives out fear.
Discouragement is something everyone feels, even Christians. That’s why the Bible is packed with so many encouraging verses.
The Lord Jesus Christ understood that encouraging others is an important part of what it means to be human. It binds us together and helps uplift us when we need it the most.
Hopefully, these verses gave your or a loved one’s spirit some encouragement.
Keep in mind that kind words of support can never be too late since you never know when someone would really benefit from hearing them.